During the summer months, there are usually stretches of time where there isn't sufficient rainfall. You might worry about how the drought is going to affect your lawn; but keep in mind that there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your grass survives this period with minimal long-term damage. Explore a few different strategies you can use to keep your lawn healthy during a dry spell.
Don't Walk on the Grass
We all know that the more feet tread over your grass, the worse it looks. Staying off the grass is especially important during dry times, because with the lack of water, your grass is less resilient. It can't take the damage as well. So, keep pets, kids, and adults off the lawn for the duration of the dry spell to minimize stress on your grass.
Give the Grass Extra Water
Since the rainfall isn't happening as often as your grass needs, you are going to have to step in and fill that gap. The ideal time to water a lawn is between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Yes, we know it's early! But it's the best way to minimize loss of water through evaporation and to ensure that your lawn receives all the moisture it needs. Water deeply and thoroughly, but infrequently.
If your area of the state is undergoing a severe drought, there may be water conservation measures in place. In such cases, you won't be able to water your grass as often, or even at all. In this situation, hard as it is, you'll have to abide by the regulations and prioritize human need for water above the needs of your lawn.
Don't Cut the Grass Too Short
It's a good idea to leave your grass a lot longer during a dry spell. Ideally, the grass should be three to four inches tall, or perhaps even five if your local homeowner's association will allow it. The deeper the grass, the cooler it will stay. It will also hold moisture near its roots more effectively. Plus, cutting the grass short can cause stress to the blades, so avoid mowing too often or setting the mower height too low.
Change Your Landscaping Plan
If your area keeps enduring severely dry summers, you may want to take an extra step and reduce the size of your lawn, or even eliminate it completely and go for a hardscape instead. You could also elect to remove your current turf and plant a new kind of grass that is more drought resistant. Artificial turf is another option; and if you're concerned about looks, you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that the look and texture of artificial grass has improved significantly in recent years.
Whether you're looking for decorative stones and pavers for a hardscape, or grass seed that will replace your current water-guzzling lawn, you will find what you need through the Kurtz Kurtz Bros., Inc. website. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone or by email, so please feel free to get in touch anytime.